Football Works Toward Second Scrimmage
Assoc. Athletic Director/Communications
BATON ROUGE – LSU just beat the rain on Tuesday morning as less than 10 minutes after the Tigers came off the practice field a thunderstorm pounded the campus. LSU still managed to get all of its work in as the Tigers are now 15 practices into preseason drills.
Tuesday’s morning workout was the only practice of the day for the Tigers as LSU was scheduled to have an afternoon team meeting followed by individual meetings. LSU will have another two-a-day on Wednesday in what will be the final practices before the Tigers break camp on Thursday.
The Tigers will be off from practice on Thursday, followed by a morning workout on Friday that will lead into the second major scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday in Tiger Stadium.
“We had a good practice,” LSU junior linebacker Kendell Beckwith said. “We got a lot done. It was a very productive day both defensively and offensively, but we still have some things to work on.”
“Our defense is really coming along,” Beckwith said. “It’s always a great time working with Coach Steele and Coach O (Orgeron). We go out to practice and know that we are going to work hard but we are going to have fun doing it. They both bring so much energy to the field that it’s not hard to get excited to play for them.”
Offensively, senior tackle Vadal Alexander said the Tigers continue to improve with each practice.
“It went well today,” Alexander said of practice. “We got a lot of work done, got a lot of calls and checks down for the offense. It was a good practice.
“We’re improving every day. I think we will be ready to go come September 5th against McNeese State. We are getting to the point where we are tired of hitting each other. We’re ready to hit someone else.”
The third new coach to the staff, wide receivers coach Tony Ball, is also making his impact felt with the Tigers.
“Coach Ball is working on our craft every day,” junior wide receiver Travin Dural said. “He is making us better and getting us ready for that moment when we finally get to step on the field against another team. We have to be able to separate ourselves, and he is preparing us every day to do just that.”
The Tigers return their top four wide receivers from a year ago, led by Dural, who paced the team with 37 catches for 758 yards and seven touchdowns. Other key returnees at wide receiver for LSU include a trio of sophomores in Trey Quinn (17 rec., 193 yards), John Diarse (15 rec., 273 yards, 3 TDs) and Malachi Dupre (14 rec., 318 yards, 5 TDs).